Just finished Pop Kult Warlord by Nick Cole, and Torment, by WJ Lundy. The former is a ‘post meltdown but recovering world’ where virtual wargaming is used in place of (some) wars and as competition between companies for advertising space and rights. The latter is the beginning of a stateside soldier’s experience during a zombie apocalypse, based on the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot series following a group of American soldiers starting out in the sandbox when the SHTF.
Other than that endless studying for a cisco certification exam that work is requiring I pass in the next few weeks.
I just finished The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz. This is book #4 in the Jane Hawk series. It was OK, but I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first 3. There wasn’t actually that much of the kick ass heroine in this one. It felt like it was mostly filler/staging before the series climax in upcoming book #5.
@sammydog01 I would (wait a minute - I did!).
I have enjoyed them so far, but I like most of Koontz’s books (Intensity gets me wound up every time I read it). My wife also read and enjoyed this series. The Jane Hawk series has a compelling heroine, nasty villains and good action/suspense. The story has a sci-fi/tech premise rather than supernatural/horror.
I’ve been listening to the awesome and somewhat comprehensive History ok of Rome pocast series by this writer:
(The podcast comes in short 12 minute bits, so that I never get tired of it. I always want more, in a little while, or the next day.)
And the guy is a great storyteller. He makes it fun.
And all the great Roman blood and guts stuff is in there. This is a kinda pg13-level family-friendly podcast, but he tells you when “he’s not gonna go there” on some topic or other, so that you can look it up if you want.
. . . But this book is sneaky. As much as you want to think this is just some lightweight little confection made of robot fights and space murder — and as much as All Systems Red wants to present itself as nothing but robot fights and space murder — Martha Wells did something really clever. She hid a delicate, nuanced and deeply, grumpily human story inside these pulp trappings, by making her murderous robot story primarily character-driven.
@f00l I’ve been trying to find some audible books for spring break. Lots of people recommended the Alan Cumming/Tim Curry version of Dracula. I somehow found a link that let me buy the book for $.99 and an audiobook for $.99, and it turned out to be that version. I think from Reddit? I’m pretty sure I could never figure out how I did it. The whispersync thing works oddly.